Oops! I can't perform. What do I do?
Sometimes a contract becomes impossible to complete or perform through no fault of either of the parties to that contract.
What happens in these circumstances?
Are either of the parties still liable?
It does not happen very often but the law had to grapple with this type of situation and an Act of Parliament was passed called of the Frustrated Contracts Act 1944.
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Local & Private Acts
The Act has only four sections so we reproduce in full below the two relevant sections.
Although too many words have been used in the sections, they are still relatively easy to understand.
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Contracts and Contract Law
Civil Law and Claims
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